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Before you get carried away. No, this brilliant 2yo debutant winner yesterday won’t emulate anywhere close to what Winx did because A) No horse will ever do what Winx was able to & B) He’s a colt so if he’s as good as he looks and becomes a multiple Group 1 winner he’ll only be around for another 2 full seasons maximum after this current season.

The only reason I raise the comparison is due to the similarity of their debut wins…..Check them out:








MAY 18, 2019



1. Booker (15)
W: 56.5KG
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2. Spright (16)
W: 56.5KG
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3. Despatch (4)
W: 56KG
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4. Hard Empire (3)
W: 56KG
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5. Casino Wizard (6)
W: 55.5KG
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6. Steel Frost (8)
W: 55.5KG
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7. Valour Road (9)
W: 55.5KG
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8. Cool Passion (2)
W: 54.5KG
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9. Malibu Style (10)
W: 54.5KG
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10. Iconoclasm (12)
W: 54.5KG
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11. I Am Someone (7)
W: 54.5KG
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12. Inn Keeper (5)
W: 54.5KG
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13. Zalmona (14)
W: 54.5KG
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14. Jamaican Rain (11)
W: 54KG
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15. Gytrash (13)
W: 53KG
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16. Behemoth (1)
W: 53KG
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WATCH: Maiden at Canterbury Lights Up Social Media Like Melbourne Cup

Race 3 at Canterbury the lowly Anz Bloodstock News Maiden H’Cap set off a wildfire on social media reminiscent to Sunday morning’s Kentucky Derby upheld protest or like it was the 2019 Melbourne Cup being run in May.

It looked a two-horse race on paper and so that’s the way it played out.

#2 Knowitall Jack ridden by James McDonald was a $2.35 favourite and the seemingly only danger to him was #4 Sedgemoore the Godolphin horse ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.

Here’s how it unfolded.

Now that’s as close a finish as they get…..!

Here’s the print of the finish: How can you split them???

It’s a dead heat in my opinion.



My personal opinion on the matter is that that use of such high tech magnification technology is that dead-heats are a thing of the past if amplified enough without losing its clarity a margin will be found every time in the year 2019 which is harsh or the 2nd placed getter, it’s connections and punters.

I think a rule should be implemented whereby there is a maximum zoom in % figure established and one the official print reaches that point if the horses can’t be separated it’s deemed a dead heat. Like someone said it’s got to the point now where horses are winning and losing the race by a single pixel.

Look at this dead heat in Singapore below. That’s rightfully a DH, but in Australia, this same image would have been amplified dozens and dozens of time and eventually they’d have found a margin. I don’t think modern day photo finish technology is fair for all.

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2019 “Grand Slams” International Horse Racing Dates, Race Champions & Race Replays


Pegasus World Cup


When: January 26
Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida, US
What: Formerly the richest race in the world, with a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running in 2017, increased to $16M in 2018. ​It’s a 1 1⁄8-mile (9 furlongs) race on dirt and is open to horses four years old and up.
For the 2019 edition, the format was revamped, with a purse of $9M for the original race and $7M available for a turf equivalent.

2019 winner: CITY OF LIGHT

Cheltenham Festival


When: March 12-15
Where: Cheltenham, UK
What: The world’s most celebrated jump meeting is a four-day feast of racing and revelry attracting huge crowds of Irish and British punters to the attractive track in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire. The festival’s showpiece is the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup, a three-mile marathon over 22 fences. Last year’s winner was Native River.

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner: AL BOUM PHOTO

When: March 30
Where: Meydan, Dubai
What: Billed as the world’s richest day of racing, the lucrative event holds a special place in the Dubai racing calendar and ends the United Arab Emirates racing season. The race is run on dirt over 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs). Godolphin’s Thunder Snow is the reigning champion.

2019 winner: THUNDER SNOW

When: April 6 & April 13
Where: Sydney, AUS
What: The Championships was inaugurated in 2014 as a “Grand Finals” concept to feature and showcase the very best of Australian racing as the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, The Championships’ twelve races will be hotly contested to determine champion status over different age groups and distances. With a total of $21 million prize money on offer, the stage is set for two days of exciting and highly competitive racing. The feature race of the two days of racing, the “Grand Final” in the AUD$4,500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner: WINX

When: April 6
Where: Aintree, UK
What: Perhaps the most famous horse race in the world and an icon of the British sporting calendar. First, run in 1839, the epic race is best known for its huge jumps such as Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s and The Chair and is a four-mile slog over two laps of the famous Liverpool course. It’s the race that transcends racing, with generations of people taking a once-a-year interest in the sport of kings. Last year’s winner was Tiger Roll.

2019 winner: TIGER ROLL

When: May 4
Where: Churchill Downs, USA
What: The Kentucky Derby is one of the world’s most iconic races. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” carries a first prize of $1.425 million. Last year’s champion was Triple Crown winner Justify.

2019 winner: COUNTRY HOUSE* (On Protest)

2000 Guineas


When: May 4
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: First run in 1809, the Group 1 race — the first Classic of the UK Flat season — is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and is run over one mile on turf. In theory, it is the first leg of the British Triple Crown, along with the Derby and the St Leger, but the feat of winning all three has rarely been attempted in recent years. Saxon Warrior, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won last year’s race.

2019 winner: MAGNA GRECIA

When: May 5
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: Also held in Newmarket, the mile Classic for three-year-old fillies over turf has been staged since 1814. Billesdon Brook ran out the winner last time.

2019 winner: HERMOSA

When: May 18
Where: Baltimore, USA
What: As the middle leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness is a true test of perseverance. It traditionally comes just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and all eyes are on the race to see whether a rare treble is still on the cards. Justify kept such hopes alive in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: JUSTIFY

Epsom Oaks


When: May 31
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The third UK Classic of the season and the second open to three-year-old fillies only. It’s been run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards on the grass of Epsom Downs since 1779. Forever Together, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won the latest edition.

2019 winner:


Epsom Derby


When: June 1
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The Epsom Derby has long been regarded as the richest and most prestigious Flat race in the British racing calendar. Run over a mile-and-a-half, it carries a prize fund of at least $1.9 million, with the winner claiming just north of $1 million. The reigning champion is Masar.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: MASAR

Belmont Stakes


When: June 8
Where: Belmont Park, USA
What: The lucrative horse race is open to three-year-olds and is the third and final leg of the famous Triple Crown. It has crowned a plethora of champions since its inauguration in 1853 — with Justify completing the treble in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: JUSTIFY

Royal Ascot


When: June 18-22
Where: Ascot, UK
What: With eight Group 1 races and an audience with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Ascot is the highlight of the British racing calendar. Each day begins with the pageantry of the horse-drawn royal procession in front of grandstands packed with the top hats, tails and high fashion. The highlight of the festival is the prestigious Gold Cup, won by Stradivarius in 2018.

2019 Ascot Gold Cup winner:

2018 Ascot Gold Cup winner: STRADIVARIUS

Irish Derby

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When: June 29
Where: The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland
What: Ireland’s equivalent of The Derby, held three weeks later. Open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, it is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs on turf. Latrobe won the event in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: LATROBE

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes


When: July 27
Where: Ascot, UK
What: Britain’s most prestigious open-age Flat race, the “King George,” is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The iconic event has been won by some of racing’s biggest stars over the years. Sir Michael Stoute trained Poet’s Word won last year’s race, making Stoute the race’s most successful trainer with six wins.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: POET’S WORD

St. Leger

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When: September 14
Where: Doncaster, UK
What: The oldest of Britain’s five classics, dating back to 1776. The race for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is run over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards. Jockey Ryan Moore won a consecutive title on board Kew Gardens in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: KEW GARDENS

When: October 6
Where: Longchamp, Paris, France
What: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a mile-and-a-half test of speed and stamina for three-year-olds and above, with a prize purse of $5.6M. The “Arc” has been held at leafy Longchamp for more than 150 years — barring a recent sojourn at Chantilly while it underwent a major redevelopment. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori holds the record for most race wins, securing his sixth on defending champion Enable in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ENABLE

When: October 12
Where: Sydney, Australia
What: Run over six furlongs, The Everest brings the world’s top sprinters together for the richest turf race in the world. The race’s prize pot is set to rise to $14 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. Redzel has clinched back-to-back titles since its inauguration in 2017.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: REDZEL

British Champions Day


When: October 19
Where: Ascot, UK
What: The conclusion of the British Flat racing season and the richest purse on the calendar with more than $5.4 million in prize money across six races. The legendary Frankel ran his last race here in 2012 with a 14th straight win in the Champion Stakes.

2019 Champions Stakes winner:

2018 Champions Stakes winner: CRACKSMAN

When: November 1-2
Where: Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA
What: The Breeders’ Cup is a celebration of the very best thoroughbreds and pits US horses against the cream from the rest of the world. The highlight is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, considered the unofficial fourth leg of the Triple Crown, which is often a big factor in deciding Horse of the Year. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt has been in existence since 1984, and the latest edition was won by the aptly named Accelerate. The festival also involves the Breeders’ Cup Turf — a showpiece for turf horses, carrying a prize fund of $4 million with winning connections earning $2.2 million.

2019 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner:

2018 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner: ACCELERATE

Melbourne Cup

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When: November 5
Where: Flemington, Australia
What: Having been overtaken as the country’s richest race, the Melbourne Cup is still the “race that stops a nation.” It’s been a highlight of Australia’s social and sporting calendar since 1861. Cross Counter was the 2018 winner.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: CROSS COUNTER

Japan Cup


When: November 24
Where: Tokyo, Japan
What: Japan’s richest race is held every year at Tokyo Racecourse, with the world’s best three-year-olds and above descending on the country’s capital. Home-grown talent has flourished at the event, with every winning trainer and owner coming from Japan since 2008. Almond Eye is the reigning champion.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ALMOND EYE

Hong Kong International Races


When: December 8
Where: Sha Tin, Hong Kong
What: It’s one of the highlights of the racing calendar, a fan favourite for decades with $12 million at stake. World class jockeys and thoroughbreds do battle over four Group 1 races on the turf of the Sha Tin Racecourse amid the skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong. The bumper prize money is spread across the Hong Kong Sprint, the Hong Kong Vase, the Hong Kong Mile and the showpiece Hong Kong Cup.

2019 Hong Kong Cup winner:

2018 Hong Kong Cup winner: GLORIOUS FOREVER



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International Federation of HorseRacing




2019 World’s Best Race Horse Award:

2018 Winner(s): Winx & Cracksman (Tie)


2019 World’s Best Jockey Award:

2018 Winner: Frankie Dettori



2019 World’s Best Horse Race Award:

2018 Winner: Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe




Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today continued an inquiry into reports from the QRIC Racing Science Centre (RSC) and the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that the prohibited substance METHAMPHETAMINE (commonly known as illicit street drug ICE) was detected in a urine sample taken from PARTY TILL DAWN at Toowoomba on 16 July.

When the inquiry commenced on 14 December, Stewards questioned trainer Ben Currie as to whether he could explain the reason that METHAMPHETAMINE was detected in the urine sample analysed by both the RSC and RASL.

Evidence was also taken from Dr Karen Caldwell the Acting Manager of Veterinary Services at the RSC and Ms Samantha Nelis the Acting Manager Analytical Services at the RSC.

The matter was adjourned on this day to allow Stewards to interview a stablehand in the employ of Mr Currie.

Today further evidence was taken from Mr Currie and stablehand Mr Luke Collins.

After considering all of the evidence the Stewards issued Mr Currie with a charge pursuant to AR 178 which states:

Subject to AR178G, when any horse that has been brought to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race and a prohibited substance is detected in any sample taken from it prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at any relevant time may be penalised.

The specifics of the charge being that as the trainer of PARTY TILL DAWN, which was brought to Toowoomba for the purpose of engaging in a race on 16 July 2016, when a post-race urine sample taken from the mare was found to contain a prohibited substance, namely METHAMPHETAMINE.

Mr Currie pleaded not guilty and made submissions in defence of the charge which included that in the absence of evidence as to the presence of metabolites having passed through the system of PARTY TILL DAWN it was not possible for the Stewards to make satisfactory findings that there was a prohibited substance as defined by AR 178B.

After considering these submissions, Stewards were of the opinion that the absence of any metabolites, artifacts and isomers under AR 178B (3) did not preclude METHAMPHETAMINE being declared a prohibited substance. Furthermore, the Stewards were satisfied with the validity of the Two (2) certificates of analysis from NATA accredited laboratories.

Mr Currie was therefore formally found guilty of the charge.

Hall of Fame trainer boycotts Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival over Ben Currie Saga

Lindsay Park will not run any horses in Queensland during the winter carnival because of concerns over the integrity of the state’s racing industry.

Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes who heads Lindsay Park has come out in support of Aquis Farm which released a statement last week saying it would not race its horses in Queensland until integrity issues were addressed.

Aquis is one of Queensland racing’s biggest investors and has naming rights to the Gold Coast track while Lindsay Park is one of the country’s biggest stables.

Hayes said he fully supported the stance taken by Aquis.

“We are not planning to go and we will rest the horses,” Hayes said.

“It’s a shame because it’s a great carnival but not if it’s not a level playing field.”

Lindsay Park trains multiple Group One placegetter Fundamentalist for Aquis which is donating any prize money earned by horses it races in partnerships and not fully under its control, to charity.

Among the issues is the long-running inquiry into charges against trainer Ben Currie including 28 emanating from a raid on his Toowoomba stable a year ago.

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Ben Currie

Stewards heard 14 of the charges last month but the remaining 14 have yet to be heard with another delay because of a steward’s illness.

Other recent charges against Currie involve swab irregularities and jiggers but with proceedings delayed, he continues to train on a stay and is scheduled to appear in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday to ask for an extension.

While he won’t be sending horses to Queensland, Hayes is happy to try for a Group One win on the final day of the Sydney autumn carnival with Power Scheme who will back up from his Fernhill Handicap win on Saturday into the Champagne Stakes (1600m).

Power Scheme rattled home to beat Foxborough by a short half head in Saturday’s 1600m-race and Hayes has no concerns about the seven-day back-up.

“He will definitely run,” he said.

“He nearly ate my arm off after the race and ate up everything else.”

Mark Zahra earned a suspension for his ride on Power Scheme but will be aboard again before he starts the ban which he hopes to have reduced on appeal.

Zahra copped a 25-meeting penalty for a shift which caused a fall with Andrew Adkins suffering several injuries.

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Jockey: Clayton Douglas

Trainer: Anthony Freedman


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